Residents of the medium-sized Gelderland city of Ede are the happiest in the Netherlands, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Alphen aan den Rijn and Amstelveen follow in second and third place. People in Rotterdam are the most unhappy in the country, closely followed by Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.
The Amsterdam police is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear a headscarf, of hijab, in an attempt to recruit more minorities, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to newspaper AD.
In 2011 the police's national code of conduct was adjusted to state that symbols of belief - such as a crucifix, headscarf or yarmulke - can not be worn with the police uniform. Visible tattoos and piercings are also banned. "But I see that this is shifting", Aalbersberg said to the newspaper. "We now allow tattoos on the arms, a few years ago that was still unthinkable."
National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants the police force to be more diverse. For that reason 13 extra positions will be created in the police leadership this year for "diverse" talent, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
"The police must be recognizable to everyone. The outside world changed enormously, and the police is not changing with it", Akerboom said. He wants the culture in the police to change quickly.
The Dutch government should reinstate regular meetings with consultative bodies for ethnic minority groups, according to a study by Van de Bunt advisers on behalf of Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs. Abolishing these meetings led to the fast decline of the dense network of representative members of ethnic communities and means that the government is less sufficient in reacting to rising social tensions, the report concludes, according to the Volkskrant.
DENK leader Tunahan Kuzu accused Dutch doctors of discriminating against people with a non-Western background. In a live stream on Facebook Kuzu said on Wednesday that the Dutch healthcare system is quicker to pull the plug on elderly immigrants, AD reports.
According to Kuzu, he heard this from a number of medical specialists. "These doctors have seen that the plug is pulled more quickly in older people with an immigrant background than in people without this background", the Dutch-Turkish politician said.
Traditionally the Dutch labor party PvdA could count on most of the votes from minorities living in the Netherlands, but that no longer seems to be the matter of course, according to a unique survey by EtnoBarometer. Many voters with immigrant backgrounds will instead vote for new party DENK in this election. And the PVV is surprisingly popular among Dutch-Surinamese voters, being the second most popular party in this population group, AD reports.
The survey was done by market researcher Aziz El Kaddouri among 1792 ethnic minority voters.
Non-Western minorities living in the Netherlands are losing faith in the country, according to a report published by social and cultural planning office SCP on Thursday. Since the start of this century they've become more negative about the social climate, feel less at home and feel more discriminated against, ANP reports.
Many minority children don't visit the dentist in the Netherlands, according to dentistry professor Albert Feilzer of Acta. This could be reversed by paying more attention to prevention in dental care and adding adult dental care to the basic health insurance package, he said in an interview with newspaper Trouw.
A total of 120 people were murdered or killed by manslaughter in the Netherlands in 2015, the lowest number in 20 years. 77 of the victims were men and 43 were women, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
An administrative employee at InHolland was reprimanded by the college's management for sending an email warning of the number of ethnic minority students in the college's Amsterdam branch. The employee expressed regret and apologized, the college said in a statement on Thursday
Ethnic minorities who are excluded from society are at a higher risk of suffering from psychosis. This phenomenon is most prevalent in second-generation migrants, according to psychologist Els van der Ven in the thesis for which she will be awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht on Friday
Frans Timmermans, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current vice president of the European Commission, thinks that none Dutch people living in the Netherlands or the rest of Europe for three or four generations are in bigger danger of becoming the new underclass than asylum seekers and refugees are, he said to NU.nl following a debate in The Hague on Thursday.
Women and ethnic minorities earn lower salaries in the Dutch labor market than Dutch men
Most schools in the Netherlands will be keeping Zwarte Piet in his traditional appearance during the Sinterklaas celebrations this year and in the years to come. About 34 percent of respondents find the racism debate surrounding the Sinterklaas helper not a concern for their own organizations, with 32 percent saying they do not find the character discriminatory, a survey of teachers by general education association AOb revealed on Tuesday.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, rejected National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's proposal to be more flexible when it comes to new police officers that are of ethnic minorities and decided that the language test for prospective officers will remain a requirement, De Telegraaf reports.
Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher believes that the government must work harder to stop discrimination in the job market. He said this in an interview with NU, talking about the unemployment rate of ethnic minorities and his plans in the fight against youth unemployment.
Educated ethnic minorities have a better chance of finding a job in the Dutch job market than their peers with a lower education, but are still at a disadvantage against people with two Dutch parents.
'The Netherlands are being run over by everybody and their kid brother' and 'ethnic minorities should not criticize my jokes' are some of the statements Gordon made in an interview with VARA-dj, Giel Beelen.
The Dutch police is guilty of discrimination during routine checks, according to Amnesty International.